I agree, we can't expect to raise our kids like the Yequana, but it's useful to think of babywearing and such like something our kids "expect" given their ancient instincts. I like the way she puts it, that it should feel "right" and that the problem with our culture is that we all spend our lives not feeling "right" and the reason is the lack of care as infants. I agree that the lack of empathy for infants in our culture is tragic and probably the cause of much unhappiness.
I also think it's good to make eye contact and have babe be the center of attention, I just think I was doing it too much. Today, I strapped her into the Ergo and just took her along for the ride for most of the day, and it felt really good. I know that's probably what you baby-wearing mama's do all the time but I haven't been too good about it (was waiting for her to grow into the ergo so my back didn't always hurt!
I know the things she says about safety are a little weird, as are her ideas about sexuality, but I really like the overall tone of the book, (o.k, you got me, the monkey thing is very weird!!
-but hey, she came to the same conclusion we would have about co-sleeping, right?)
It just seems like our birth right to be happy, genuinely happy, comfortable in our own skin, and almost NONE of us (meaning our culture in general) are actually happy. I loved this look into a culture where it's the norm to be happy. I like Liedloff's premise that we should go back to an instinctual way of living.
I guess there's already a thread for this, maybe we should move over to it.
PP posted the link....